4-H’ers Travel to Iowa State Capitol


Expanding knowledge of state government and communicating with legislators in Des Moines was the focus of the March 6 visit to the Iowa State Capitol by twenty-eight 4-H’ers and nine adults.

4-H’ers and adults represented Chickasaw, Clayton and Fayette Counties. Youth and adults took a sixty minute tour of the century-old capitol building featuring a 275-foot gold-leafed dome, grand staircase, marble, and ornate woodwork. Their Capitol tour also included a visit to the old Supreme Court chambers, the five-story law library, a scale model of Battleship Iowa, and a collection of first-lady dolls.

Youth and adults were also able to engage in an exclusive conversation with Senator Michael Breitbach in a senate committee room.  Senator Breitbach serves District 28 in the state of Iowa representing Clayton and Fayette counties. He is serving on the commerce, natural resource & environment and transportation committees. Senator Breitbach shared the day-to-day responsibilities from his eight-week experience as a senator at the Capitol. He spends many weekends meeting with constituents back in District 28.

The ISU Extension & Outreach Region 4 4-H Citizenship Program was organized in 2010 for youth in grades 7-12 to broaden their knowledge of citizenship.  The program was designed with a two year projected plan.  The first year, members learn about local, area and state government and travel to the state capitol in Des Moines to meet with local government officials.  During the second year, youth learn about federal government through monthly program meetings and travel to Washington D.C. For more information about the 4-H Citizenship Club, contact the ISU Clayton County Extension & Outreach Office at 563-245-1451.

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